Matthew Hawke is a Senior Associate in Cowell Clarke’s Building, Construction & Infrastructure and Dispute Resolution practice groups. He has broad experience in construction advice and disputes (including contract drafting, review and analysis), as well as in general commercial disputes. When not working in the construction space, Matthew likes to combine his legal skills with his background in software development and IT generally to assist clients to manage the legal implications of their developing technologies.
Matthew has considerable capability regarding the construction industry security of payment regimes in force across Australia, having provided advice on many substantial adjudication applications and responses in several jurisdictions. He also has significant experience in compulsory acquisition disputes.
Matthew’s front-end practice includes providing advice on the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, and in this area he has experience with all commonly-used Australian Standard construction contracts’ terms. In his broader dispute resolution practice, Matthew supports clients in advancing or defending their general contractual, misrepresentation, trade practices and common law claims, building on his background in large-scale insolvency disputes.
Matthew joined Cowell Clarke in 2011. He is admitted as a solicitor in Victoria, as a barrister and solicitor in South Australia, and in the High Court.
Matthew is a director of the not-for-profit Wirraway Homestead and serves as chair of its Risk & Governance Committee. He is also currently undertaking a Masters of Construction Law.
In 2018, Matthew was recognised for his construction expertise and ability, being named in the distinguished Doyle’s Guide as a Construction & Infrastructure Rising Star.